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Possible guest post from Michael Condron!

Once again, I'm thrilled to invite another guest poster to Broadway Abridged, this time it's legendary West End producer Michael Codron!

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Updated by Probably Not Michael Condron
Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Hi folks,

In a recent Guardian article, I was quoted as having a "flash of anger" towards bloggers who review shows before their opening night. I said:
"It's almost invariably reactionary responses. They're the modern equivalent of the lot that used to boo the plays in the 50s and 60s. I think they're ghastly."
This has annoyed more than a few bloggers, so I thought I'd elaborate, with a focus on Broadway because who knows what those London Looneys are doing.
Now in the great olden days, Broadway previews...
  • Were rusty.
  • Couldn't be seen by critics, not till opening night. Literally.
  • Were sold for cheaper because, again, they were rusty.
  • Actually they weren't *that* rusty, because of this ancient artifact called "Out of Town Tryouts".
Of course, we've made some changes:
  • They're still pretty rusty.
  • Hell, they're even rustier. Half of us have done away with out-of-town tryouts. It's a budgeting issue, but I like to blame this one on the bloggers "out of town reviewing habits" too.
  • We dutifully ignore the Wicked producers who swear it wouldn't be running without them having done out-of-towns.
  • Critics still can't see them until literally opening ni--
    Well, until about a week before opening night.
  • They are now just as expensive as the regular, non-rusty performances.
  • Telecharge and theater box offices make it pretty hard to even differentiate which ones are preview.
  • Telecharge even list the upcoming previews as "upcoming performances".
  • The chances that a show skips out of town, starts previews horribly, and end up Pulitzer and Tony award winning aren't that good.
  • But I still like to whine and bitch.
So do I expect the not-getting-free-tickets blogger to not talk about preview performances at all, even if they paid full price of their own hard-earned money from?

Yes.

Does that make me an old fuddy duddy jackass?

Oh. Yes. It fucking does.

All About Me: Abridged

                       ALL ABOUT ME ABRIDGED
                                OR
           SHE FLEW ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA FOR THIS?
            From the "Broadway Abridged Shorts" Archive
                                                  By Gil Varod
                             

A Behanding in Spokane: Abridged


	           A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE ABRIDGED
                                OR
                 "OH NO, WHAT DO WE DO NOW?" THE PLAY

              From the "Broadway Abridged" Shorts Archives
                                By Gil Varod and Gina Guadagnino
                              

Please.

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101 Dalmatians: Abridged

Today's Broadway Abridged Guest Script comes from TVGasm Writer The Unprofessional Critic, who was kind enough to go see 101 Dalmatians The Musical in Chicago which:
  • really exists
  • is really something that Disney didn't have any involvement with
  • is really presented by Purina Dog Chow
  • really stars Sara Gettelfinger
  • really involves Jerry Zaks
  • is really going to be at the Washington Mutual Theater Madison Square Garden Theater in April
  • is something I have zero intention of seeing. Thanks Unpro!


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